Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tigers lose seventh straight game

By Matt Harding
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Pre-game notes:
-Brandon Inge placed on 15-day DL; Casey Fien recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
-Tonight's catcher Alex Avila enters the game having thrown out 37.5% of would-be base stealers.
-Last night's game against the Rangers lasted four hours and 53 minutes, the longest game of the season for both clubs.

The Tigers, who have lost six in a row, didn't start off Tuesday's game well either. Detroit skidded quickly with a first inning RBI triple off the bat of Ian Kinsler. Josh Hamilton, who bats after Kinsler, knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to deep righ-center field. A 427 foot home run in the second inning by David Murphy made the score 3-0.

Early on, the Tigers showed no signs of offensive life. In fact, they were no-hit through three innings.

The Rangers scored another run in the sixth, putting Texas up by four. In the bottom half of the inning, Don Kelly, who is playing third base in place of Brandon Inge, singled to center field. Kelly advanced on a fielder's choice. However, Austin Jackson struck out. So, with two away, and Johnny Damon at the plate, the inning ended with a fly ball to left field.

In the meantime, rain started pouring and so did the fans, up to the concourse to avoid the heavy downpour. The rain, though, didn't last long at all and play continued.

The Tigers had their chances, but simply couldn't produce. In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on the corners and two outs, Alex Avila lined out to the second baseman.

The Rangers, meanwhile, kept pounding away at Detroit pitching. They even laid down a suicide squeeze. Kinsler blasted a 345 foot two-run home run off of the left field foul poul shortly after. Jsoh Hamilton knocked one out right after Kinsler did. It is a fact that Tiger's pitching got absolutely rocked this evening. Heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Rangers led 8-0.

The Tigers weren't able to rally. Shortly after the inning began, it ended -- the final score being 8-0.

Jim Leyland's postgame comments:

"He did a good job. [I] thought he made a couple nice defensive plays. So, we'll see what unfolds in the next few days."
-On Don Kelly's performance at third base in the absence of Brandon Inge

"I thought Galarraga did good. I thought he gave us a chance to win [and] that's all you can ask for."
-On Galarraga's pitching performance